FIRST LADY: SUPPORT FOR PLWDS TO CONTINUE
The County Government will keep supporting residents grappling with disability, Her Excellency First Lady Grace Kiarie has said.
Speaking during corrective surgeries for over 15 children at the AIC-CURE International Hospital in Kijabe, the First Lady assured County residents of His Excellency (Dr.) Moses N. Badilisha Kiarie’s commitment to demystify diseases facing vulnerable segments of Nyandarua’s population.
“Parents should not hide children with physical challenges at home because we have remedial measures,” she said, while thanking all who had brought theirs for the procedure.
Today’s surgeries targeted children aged below 18 years, suffering from such orthopedic conditions as clubfoot, burn contractures, osteomyelitis and other acquired or congenital conditions.
AIC-CURE International Hospital is Africa’s first orthopedic pediatric teaching facility for children with disabilities.
It conducts mobile clinics to identify children in remote areas who can be treated in Kijabe and to provide follow-up care for those who have received surgery.
Nyandarua’s healthcare professionals have been interacting with CURE Kenya and other partners to improve the County’s overall capacity to treat children born and living with disability.
Already, the County Government has recruited a physiotherapist each for J.M Kariuki Memorial County Referral Hospital and Njabini Health Center, in addition to an occupational therapist and two orthopedic trauma clinical officers, also at J.M Kariuki Memorial County Referral Hospital.
Further, the County Government has acquired physiotherapy and orthopedic equipment worth over KShs. 7 million.
Governor Badilisha, who was present, noted that the partnership with CURE Kenya will enhance his agenda for universal healthcare by bringing vital health services closer to residents.
“This is important, because the number of people living with disabilities will continue growing as a result of population increase, aging, and medical advances that preserve and prolong life,” he added.
Nyandarua has over 16,000 PLWDs.
Out of these, 5,303 have physical disabilities.
The First Lady, who is matron of PLWDs in Nyandarua, is expected to champion a wide range of causes, including healthcare for the aged, women, orphans and other vulnerable children.
Accompanying the First Family was County Executive Committee Member for Youth, Sports, Gender and Social Services Hon. Ann Gathigia, alongside her Chief Officer Mr. Isaac Wanjiru and Chief Gender Officer Ms. Immaculate Irungu.